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Dragons are just one of the many things that make Game of Thrones the mega hit that it is.

Those uber-realistic dragons, however, take a staggering amount of work.

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According to the Pixomondo Studios, winners of 3 Emmy awards for their work on Game of Thrones, each of those dragon scenes takes a 10-man team six months.

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The process begins with creating the dragon, literally starting from the skeleton and adding layer up layer of muscle, fat, and ultimately multiple layers of skin and texture.

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While that’s going on, the cast is filming the live action shots using lime green screen stand-ins for various parts of the dragon’s body the stars will interact with.

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It then takes a different 5 person team an additional 3 months to integrate the dragons into the live action scenes with the amazing level of realism fans expect.

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As a refresher, the dragon’s names are:

  • Drogon, named after Khal Drogo, black with red markings. Larger and more aggressive than his siblings.
  • Rhaegal, named after Rhaegar Targaryen, green with bronze markings.
  • Viserion, named after Viserys Targaryen, creamy white, with gold markings.